Rooting against America: Beck, other conservatives cheer elimination of Chicago's Olympic bid -- conservative media celebrate Chicago's elimination, bash President Obama.How very patriotic. Jesus Christ.
10/02/2009 04:24:00 PM
Assholes like Beck and Limbaugh are petty and ignorant. Their glee over the rejection of the Chicago bid is based upon a notion that the Chicago rejection is a failure by the president himself.But there really is a good reason to be grateful that Chicago did not get the winning bid. I won't try to rehash the arguments when the best sports writer in America did a great job in three different articles about it. Check out http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-zirin and look at the articles on the subject.Basically, he argues from a progressive perspective that the Olympic games have become a corporate circle-jerk and the people who pay the tab are the taxpayers, and a big social cost is borne by the poor. I highly recommend Zirin's work. He puts sports in perspective from a labor-left point of view.
No, I understand. Its just the amount of hatred pouring out of these people -- its stunning.
Damn, I need a drink. Jeebus.
I know that you understand. I just wanted to share Zirin. I think he's the bomb.What gets me about the right wing smear machine is the glee, the unmitigated JOY they seem to get from anything that looks like Obama didn't "win". Their bilous screeching reminds me of antagonistic middle school kids. They don't really know how to articulate their hatred, but they know they hate him so it comes out all angry and constipated.As for the drink, I say drink-away. I'm going to a club with my partner to drink a few fine beers and listen to a friend play guitar. Cheers, Maru!
These people are flawed in more ways than one but when this amount of hate they have is thrown into the equation it becomes borderline bizzare.
I second Julian's post - - I've read Dave Zirin before and he (like Neil de Mause) writes about sports without the 'aw-gee!' jock-sniffer attitude. The Olympics are a commercialized money pit - - 10's of BILLIONS spent on stadiums/facilities/preparations/maintenance that are seldom used after the games*. It's obviously an easy / nationalistic diversion for political leaders - - a lot easier to do than address the really tough chronic,social problems that plague too many countries. No, I'm not against 'wholesome' entertainment (arguable though this is in regards to the Olympics), but when it starts costing 10's of billions of dollars - - and, for instance, we in the US "HAD" to cut out UFDC welfare payments because they were costing us - horror-of-horrors - $17 billion per year - - then it's time to reassess the desirability of hosting it. And I agree with Maru's point (as Zirin does in Julian's link)-- the Repukes are just being anti-anything-Obama-is-for. They've devolved into the most crass level of politics, with even any credible pretense of concern for the public good now dropped and a rabid political 'score-points' type of ethos clearly revealed. (* I won't even get into the lack of 'amateur' participation ,r the ugly American syndrome where people are cheering because one of our atheletes/teams beat some opponent from a country 1/20th our size)
Big Em, Josh Harty is playing the Wil-Mar tonight at 8. It's worth your $3 to get in, maybe even more.
It's going to take more than one drink to wash down this moronic swill. Jesusfuckingchrist.
It's shit like this that has killed my desire to blog anymore. I need a drink as well, Maru
More and more people are seeing how disgusting and hate-filled the rethuglicans are. People like my heroes Grayson and Maddow are starting to get the word out. Hang in there guys, Hate mongering and lying are self destroying tactics, their popularity will wane. However, tipping a few helps the hate-mongers go away, or makes the jail time afterward easier.
Undeniable Liberal, I share your thoughts. And I have already had my second dirty martini. Damn.
So to the right the three biggest US Olympic stories are:1. Carter destroys hopes and dreams of American athletes by boycotting the Moscow Olympics in the wake of their invasion of Afghanistan2. MIRACLE ON ICE!!! US superior to USSR!!!! Capitalism kicks communisms ass!!!!!!3. Hah, hah, a major American city didn't get the Olympics. Freakin’ losers! I defy ANYONE to find anything vaguely resembling a consistent argument tying those three together.
So the Olympics will be held in a city within a country which is not the United States.Hurray, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, I clasp you to my bosom--Wait, what?
An I'll tell ya something else fer nothing, boyo:"We had to destroy the village in order to save it".-- Lt Dunce First Class William CalleyCalley thought he was on the right track, and will probably never understand the irony in his statement.Beck.Limbaugh.They'll destroy the country in order to save it.
Chris Vosburg: LT Calley didn't say that. http://www.strike-the-root.com/3/herman/herman10.htmlAnd as much as I loathe Beck and Limbaugh I find it a tad offensive to compare their glee over an IOC selection to Lt Calley shooting women and children. Try to maintain some perspective. Leave that sort of crap to the Becks, Limbaughs, and Malkin's of the world.
if obama personally cured cancer they would boo himsad thing - this rhetoric is going to get even worse
Fair enough, anon, and thanks for the correction.
Of course they cheer. They're a bunch of racist sick bastards. My hope is even more sane Republicans will desert the party.The pic of the guy reminded me of one such sick bastard. According to the latest news on the investigation, Dan Riehl refuses to answer charges that he is a child predator.
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